• View of Half Dome and Washington Column in Yosemite Valley

    Yosemite

    National Park California

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Hiking

One of the best ways to experience Yosemite is by taking a hike. Here are some of hikes available in different areas of Yosemite:

 

A few things to remember while hiking:

  • Stay on trails: taking shortcuts causes trail erosion--and is both dangerous and illegal.
  • Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat river, stream, lake, or spring water.
  • Pets and bicycles are only permitted on bike paths.
  • Horses and mules have the right of way on trails.
  • Pack out what you pack in.
  • Trails are not maintained nor are they regularly patrolled: travel carefully and at your own risk.
  • Smoking while traveling on trails is prohibited, though you may smoke while stopped. (Crush out and dispose of cigarette butts in a trash receptacle.)
 
Several people hiking down a trail in single file
A group out exploring the park as part of one of Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures.

Did You Know?

YLP Students in 2010

The Yosemite Leadership Program partners with UC Merced, to bring students to the park each summer for hands-on professional development through internships. Students work alongside scientists, educators, interpreters, business managers, and many other professionals of the NPS and park partner organizations. Some go on to become National Park Service rangers.